What we do
The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.
OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:
- Accessible food and drinking water
- Healthy outdoor and indoor air
- Clean and efficient energy
- Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
- Quality natural resources
- Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
- Zero Waste
- Engaged students, stewards, and workers
Energy Benchmarking Working to cut energy waste in Philadelphia’s largest buildings by tracking and reporting citywide building performance.
Sep29EventAcademy of Natural Sciences Digital Conversation: Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather and Climate Change3:00 pm to 4:00 pmDigital EventEvent
Academy of Natural Sciences Digital Conversation: Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather and Climate ChangeSeptember 29, 20203:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 1 hourDigital EventmapWildfires in the Western U.S. are burning at an unprecedented scope and scale. Hurricanes are more frequent, and more destructive, than ever before. We canno longer pretend that climate change is something we need to start preparing for – the effects of climate change are here now, and science knows what’s going on. We are seeing the increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events play out in theways that climate scientists have been warning us about since 1988. So, what happens next?
Join Academy scientists and guest panelists to discuss the impacts that climate change is having on today’s extreme weather events and natural disasters. Moderated by Roland Wall, Director, Patrick Center for Environmental Research.
Click here for details and registration.
Oct2EventPublic Hearing: Building Energy Performance Policy Regulations3:30 pm to 5:00 pmDigital Hearing (Zoom)Event
Public Hearing: Building Energy Performance Policy RegulationsOctober 2, 20203:30 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hoursDigital Hearing (Zoom)map
On Friday, 10/2 from 3:30-5pm, the City will hold a digital hearing on the City's Building Energy Performance Policy regulations (or "Building Tune-up" regulations). Learn more about the regulations here.
Register to attend the hearing (which will be held via Zoom) here, and please reach out to Zachary Greene at email@example.com with any questions.
Oct13EventClimate Collaborative Virtual Workshop:Managing Food Waste to Meet your Climate Goals (Private Event)3:00 pm to 4:30 pmDigital EventEvent
Climate Collaborative Virtual Workshop:Managing Food Waste to Meet your Climate Goals (Private Event)October 13, 20203:00 pm to 4:30 pm, 2 hoursDigital Eventmap
Mayor Jim Kenney invites Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia (CCGP) members to join a virtual workshop, Managing Food Waste to Meet your Climate Goals. In partnership with the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), CCGP is excited to host this opportunity to evaluate how food waste management fits into your organization’s sustainability and/or climate strategy.
Waste reduction is critical to tackling carbon emissions. During this workshop, we will provide tools to bolster your organization’s strategy to reduce waste generation and divert waste away from the landfill. No matter what stage your organization has reached in its climate planning, this session is designed to help you identify concrete actions you can implement in the short and long term.
Learn more about the Climate Collaborative and how to get involved.